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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816795/voriconazole-antifungal-prophylaxis-in-children-with-malignancies-a-nationwide-study
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Zoi Dorothea Pana, Maria Kourti, Katerina Vikelouda, Antonia Vlahou, Nikolaos Katzilakis, Maria Papageorgiou, Dimitrios Doganis, Loizos Petrikkos, Anna Paisiou, Dimitrios Koliouskas, Antonios Kattamis, Eftichia Stiakaki, Maria Chatzistilianou, Helen Vasilatou-Kosmidis, Sophia Polychronopoulou, Stelios Grafakos, Emmanuel Roilides
BACKGROUND: Antifungal prophylaxis (AFP) is recommended in at-risk hematology-oncology patients. We evaluated the safety of AFP with voriconazole (VRC) in pediatric hematology/oncology patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of VRC AFP in children with malignancies hospitalized in all 7 Greek pediatric hematology/oncology centers during 2008 to 2012 was conducted. Patients' demographics, outcome, and adverse event (AE) data were recorded. RESULTS: Four hundred twenty-nine VRC AFP courses in 249 patients (median age 6 y, 55% boys) were studied...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795915/where-teachers-are-few-documenting-available-faculty-in-five-tanzanian-medical-schools
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Charles A Mkony, Ephata E Kaaya, Alex J Goodell, Sarah B Macfarlane
Background Faced with one of the lowest physician-to-population ratios in the world, the Government of Tanzania is urging its medical schools to train more physicians. The annual number of medical students admitted across the country rose from 55 in the 1990s to 1,680 approved places for the 2015/16 academic year. These escalating numbers strain existing faculty. Objective To describe the availability of faculty in medical schools in Tanzania. Design We identified faculty lists published on the Internet by five Tanzanian medical schools for the 2011/12 academic year and analyzed the appointment status, rank, discipline, and qualifications of faculty members...
December 2016: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770610/amino-acid-profiles-as-potential-biomarkers-for-pediatric-cancers-a-preliminary-communication
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Anna Synakiewicz, Malgorzata Sawicka-Zukowska, Natalia Adrianowska, Grazyna Galezowska, Joanna Ratajczyk, Anna Owczarzak, Lucyna Konieczna, Teresa Stachowicz-Stencel
AIM: Childhood cancer remains one of the main cause of death in the pediatric population. Amino acids (AAs) level alterations in plasma are considered to play a role in carcinogenesis and further course of the disease. METHODS: Seventy-seven children with cancer, including 47 with hematological and 30 with solid tumors were enrolled in this study and compared with healthy children. Twenty-two plasma-free AAs were determined by HPLC with fluorometric detection. RESULTS: The results revealed significant decrease in glutamine levels for oncological patients and significant increase in aspartic acid, glutamic acid, asparagine, serine, citrulline, alanine, GABA, tryptophan, methionine, valine, phenylalanine and isoleucine levels in cancer children versus control...
August 3, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748605/management-of-chemotherapy-induced-febrile-neutropenia-in-pediatric-oncology-patients-a-north-american-survey-of-pediatric-hematology-oncology-and-pediatric-infectious-disease-physicians
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Rochelle R Maxwell, Dana Egan-Sherry, Jonathan B Gill, Michael E Roth
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia (FN) is traditionally managed with hospital admission for parenteral antibiotics until neutropenia resolves. Recent studies have explored risk stratification and the safety of managing "low-risk" patients as outpatients. Few studies have directly assessed pediatric provider preferences for managing FN. PROCEDURE: We conducted a survey of practicing US and Canadian pediatric hematology/oncology (PHO) and pediatric infectious disease (PID) physicians to assess their FN management preferences using case scenarios with varying risk profiles...
July 27, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719110/benefits-of-attending-a-weekend-childhood-cancer-survivor-family-retreat
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Lisa Bashore, Joyce Bender
PURPOSE: To explore the long-term benefits to families of childhood cancer survivors who attended a weekend childhood cancer survivor family retreat. DESIGN: Descriptive-qualitative study including families who had attended the weekend retreat at least once but not in the past 12 months, and who attend a large pediatric hematology and oncology cancer survivorship program in Texas. METHODS: A semistructured interview guide was used during three audio-taped focus groups to explore the benefits of having attended a weekend retreat...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689878/systematic-review-of-antimicrobial-lock-therapy-for-prevention-of-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infections-in-adult-and-pediatric-cancer-patients
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LeAnn B Norris, Farah Kablaoui, Maggie K Brilhart, P Brandon Bookstaver
BACKGROUND: Central venous catheter (CVC) use is commonplace in cancer patients. Antimicrobial lock therapy (ALT), the instillation of a concentrated antimicrobial solution into the catheter lumen, is one method for preventing infection among CVCs. This systematic review discusses the effectiveness and safety of prophylactic ALT in cancer patients with CVCs. METHODS: A literature search was performed using the Medline database and Google Scholar from inception until April 2016...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679999/bone-marrow-failure-in-childhood-central-pathology-review-of-a-nationwide-registry
#7
Masafumi Ito
Refractory cytopenia of childhood (RCC) was proposed as a provisional entity in the 2008 WHO classification of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). It is defined as a childhood MDS featuring persistent cytopenia without increase blasts in bone marrow (BM) or peripheral blood (PB). Because the majority of RCC cases feature hypocellularity and pancytopenia, it is quite challenging to differentiate RCC from acquired aplastic anemia (AA) and many kinds of inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (IBMFS). Diagnosis of RCC requires BM histology of characteristic features such as isolated erythroid islet with left shift, abnormal localization and micromegakaryocytes...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675683/pediatric-cancer-pathology-review-from-a-single-institution-neuropathology-expert-opinion-is-essential-for-accurate-diagnosis-of-pediatric-brain-tumors
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Zeina Merabi, Fouad Boulos, Teresa Santiago, Jesse Jenkins, Miguel Abboud, Samar Muwakkit, Nidale Tarek, Ghazi Zaatari, Sima Jeha, Hassan El-Solh, Raya Saab
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Second pathology review has been reported to improve accuracy in oncologic diagnoses, including pediatric malignancies. We assessed the impact of second review on the diagnosis of pediatric malignancies at a tertiary care referral center in Beirut, Lebanon. METHODS: Pathology reports of patients treated at the Children's Cancer Institute in Lebanon were retrospectively reviewed for the period 2008-2016 and compared with same samples' diagnoses at St...
July 4, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670954/predictors-of-patient-satisfaction-in-pediatric-oncology
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Josh Davis, James F Burrows, Bertha Ben Khallouq, Paul Rosen
OBJECTIVE: To understand key drivers of patient satisfaction in pediatric hematology/oncology. METHODS: The "top-box" scores of patient satisfaction surveys from 4 pediatric hematology/oncology practices were collected from 2012 to 2014 at an integrated Children's Health Network. One item, "Likelihood of recommending practice," was used as the surrogate for overall patient satisfaction, and all other items were correlated to this item. RESULTS: A total of 1244 satisfaction surveys were included in this analysis...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669553/expert-consensus-guidelines-for-stocking-of-antidotes-in-hospitals-that-provide-emergency-care
#10
Richard C Dart, Lewis R Goldfrank, Brian L Erstad, David T Huang, Knox H Todd, Jeffrey Weitz, Vikhyat S Bebarta, E Martin Caravati, Fred M Henretig, Theodore R Delbridge, William Banner, Sandra M Schneider, Victoria E Anderson
We provide recommendations for stocking of antidotes used in emergency departments (EDs). An expert panel representing diverse perspectives (clinical pharmacology, medical toxicology, critical care medicine, hematology/oncology, hospital pharmacy, emergency medicine, emergency medical services, pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric critical care medicine, poison centers, hospital administration, and public health) was formed to create recommendations for antidote stocking. Using a standardized summary of the medical literature, the primary reviewer for each antidote proposed guidelines for antidote stocking to the full panel...
June 29, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664750/preemptive-ethanol-lock-therapy-in-pediatric-hematology-oncology-patients-with-catheter-associated-bloodstream-infection-impact-on-length-of-stay-cost-and-catheter-salvage
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Eric McGrath, Wei Du, Madhvi Rajpurkar
BACKGROUND: Ethanol lock therapy (ELT) with systemic antimicrobial therapy is a promising therapy for catheter-related infection (CRI). The impact of ELT timing on treatment efficacy and costs is unknown. PROCEDURES: A prospective study was conducted in the Hematology/Oncology Unit at the Children's Hospital of Michigan. Patients with suspected CRI were randomized to Preemptive ELT arm or Rescue ELT arm after positive culture. RESULTS: Five cases in Preemptive arm and 9 in Rescue arm had a confirmed CRI...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660797/evaluating-cultural-competence-of-pediatric-oncology-nurses-at-a-teaching-hospital-a-pilot-study
#12
Ijeoma Julie Eche, Teri Aronowitz
This cross-sectional descriptive study evaluated registered nurses' self-ratings of cultural competence on the hematology/oncology unit at a large Northeastern urban children's hospital. The Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competence among Healthcare Professionals was used to measure 5 constructs of cultural competence. The study findings show that there were significant correlations between the knowledge and skill subscales (ρ = .57, P < .001) and the knowledge and desire subscales (ρ = ...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660740/prolonged-first-line-peg-asparaginase-treatment-in-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-the-nopho-all2008-protocol-pharmacokinetics-and-antibody-formation
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Louise Tram Henriksen, Sofie Gottschalk Højfeldt, Kjeld Schmiegelow, Thomas Leth Frandsen, Peder Skov Wehner, Henrik Schrøder, Birgitte Klug Albertsen
BACKGROUND: As pegylated asparaginase is becoming the preferred first-line asparaginase preparation in the chemotherapy regimens of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), there is a need to evaluate this treatment. METHODS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of prolonged upfront biweekly PEG-asparaginase (where PEG is polyethylene glycol) treatment by measuring serum l-asparaginase activity and formation of anti-PEG-asparaginase antibodies...
June 29, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632246/declines-noted-in-cognitive-processes-and-association-with-achievement-among-children-with-leukemia
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Kathleen C Insel, Marilyn J Hockenberry, Lynette L Harris, Kari M Koerner, Zhenqiang Lu, Kristin B Adkins, Olga A Taylor, Patricia M Gundy, Ida M Moore
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To assess change in specific cognitive processes during treatment with chemotherapy only among children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). 
. DESIGN: A prospective, repeated measures design.
. SETTING: Pediatric oncology treatment centers at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson/Banner Children's-Diamond Medical Center (University of Arizona) and Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology centers (Baylor College of Medicine) in Houston...
July 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631412/psychopathology-in-pediatric-bone-marrow-transplantation-survivors-and-their-mothers
#15
Aslı Sürer Adanir, Gülseren Taşkiran, O Alphan Küpesiz, Esin Özatalay
BACKGROUND: Bone Marrow Transplantation(BMT) is used to treat children with various hematologic, oncologic and metabolic diseases. While the treatment is lifesaving, it is also found to be related with anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and psychosocial problems both in children and parents. METHODS: The aim of this study was to investigate psychopathology in pediatric BMT survivors and their mothers compared to the healthy controls. All children were interviewed using Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for assessing the life-long psychopathology...
June 20, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602119/improving-the-quality-of-end-of-life-care-in-pediatric-oncology-patients-through-the-early-implementation-of-palliative-care
#16
Lauren Ranallo
Providing end-of-life care to children with cancer is most ideally achieved by initiating palliative care at the time of diagnosis, advocating for supportive care throughout the treatment trajectory, and implementing hospice care during the terminal phase. The guiding principles behind offering palliative care to pediatric oncology patients are the prioritization of providing holistic care and management of disease-based symptoms. Pediatric hematology-oncology nurses and clinicians have a unique responsibility to support the patient and family unit and foster a sense of hope, while also preparing the family for the prognosis and a challenging treatment trajectory that could result in the child's death...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586748/haematological-malignancies-following-temozolomide-treatment-for-paediatric-high-grade-glioma
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Michael Karremann, Nadja Krämer, Marion Hoffmann, Maria Wiese, Andreas Beilken, Selim Corbacioglu, Dagmar Dilloo, Pablo Hernáiz Driever, Wolfram Scheurlen, Andreas Kulozik, Gerrit H Gielen, André O von Bueren, Matthias Dürken, Christof M Kramm
BACKGROUND: Temozolomide (TMZ) is widely used in high-grade glioma (HGG). There is a major concern of treatment-induced secondary haematological malignancies (SHMs). Due to the poor overall survival of HGG patients, the true incidence is yet elusive. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine the risk of SHMs following TMZ in paediatric HGG. METHODS: We analysed 487 patients from the HIT-HGG database of the German-speaking Society of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology with follow up beyond 1 year...
August 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572266/cancer-screening-recommendations-for-individuals-with-li-fraumeni-syndrome
#18
REVIEW
Christian P Kratz, Maria Isabel Achatz, Laurence Brugières, Thierry Frebourg, Judy E Garber, Mary-Louise C Greer, Jordan R Hansford, Katherine A Janeway, Wendy K Kohlmann, Rose McGee, Charles G Mullighan, Kenan Onel, Kristian W Pajtler, Stefan M Pfister, Sharon A Savage, Joshua D Schiffman, Katherine A Schneider, Louise C Strong, D Gareth R Evans, Jonathan D Wasserman, Anita Villani, David Malkin
Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS) is an autosomal dominantly inherited condition caused by germline mutations of the TP53 tumor suppressor gene encoding p53, a transcription factor triggered as a protective cellular mechanism against different stressors. Loss of p53 function renders affected individuals highly susceptible to a broad range of solid and hematologic cancers. It has recently become evident that children and adults with LFS benefit from intensive surveillance aimed at early tumor detection. In October 2016, the American Association for Cancer Research held a meeting of international LFS experts to evaluate the current knowledge on LFS and propose consensus surveillance recommendations...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544698/the-use-of-antifibrinolytics-in-pediatric-patients-with-hypoproliferative-thrombocytopenia
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Meghan Delaney, Dana C Matthews, Terry B Gernsheimer
Despite the use of evidence-based platelet transfusion therapy during periods of hypoproliferative thrombocytopenia, a large proportion of pediatric hematology/oncology patients continue to suffer from clinically significant bleeding. Antifibrinolytic (AF) drugs have been shown in certain surgical and trauma settings to decrease bleeding, blood transfusion, and improve survival. We conducted a retrospective assessment of the safety of using AF drugs in pediatric patients with hypoproliferative thrombocytopenia at our center as well as the impact on bleeding occurrence and severity...
May 24, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540435/validation-of-the-child-hcahps-survey-to-measure-pediatric-inpatient-experience-of-care-in-flanders
#20
Luk Bruyneel, Ellen Coeckelberghs, Gunnar Buyse, Kristina Casteels, Barbara Lommers, Jo Vandersmissen, Johan Van Eldere, Chris Van Geet, Kris Vanhaecht
The recently developed Child HCAHPS provides a standard to measure US hospitals' performance on pediatric inpatient experiences of care. We field-tested Child HCAHPS in Belgium to instigate international comparison. In the development stage, forward/backward translation was conducted and patients assessed content validity index as excellent. The draft Flemish Child HCAHPS included 63 items: 38 items for five topics hypothesized to be similar to those proposed in the US (communication with parent, communication with child, attention to safety and comfort, hospital environment, and global rating), 10 screeners, a 14-item demographic and descriptive section, and one open-ended item...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
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